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FARGO — T. Denny Sanford has repeatedly said that he wants to "die broke" and has given away more than $1 billion of his fortune, most notably contributing to namesake Sanford Health. But he's still wealthy enough to land on Forbes' list of billionaires. Forbes estimates Sanford's net worth at $2.6 billion, up from $2.2 billion in March. He owns Premier Bank, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., which specializes in offering credit cards to high-risk borrowers, and is one of the biggest issuers of Visa and Mastercards.
The tick associated with triggering a rare allergy to red meat in humans has been found in at least two North Dakota counties, but no cases of the allergy are known to state health officials. The lone star tick was found last year in Dunn County in western North Dakota and in Dickey county in the eastern part of the state, said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist for the state Department of Health. This year, a lone star tick was removed from a dog in Cass County, but the family reported travel to North Carolina in the two weeks before the tick's discovery.
MOORHEAD — Salt applied to streets and roads to melt snow and ice is becoming a growing environmental concern in some areas of the country, including Minnesota, where 50 lakes are listed as impaired because of their salt levels. Street and highway maintenance supervisors are aware of the problems that can result from the salt their crews deposit on roads, and have adopted new methods in recent years that help to reduce salt runoff as well as their operating costs.
LAS VEGAS – Beau and Adrianne Flom and two other couples are devoted country music fans. All regularly attended WE Fest concerts together as a summer ritual. So it seemed natural that the three couples would travel together to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day celebration of country music near Mandalay Bay casino on the strip in Las Vegas. “It was just a fun event,” Flom said, recalling their decision to attend.
FARGO — An executives at Sanford Health said immigration restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration could prevent filling "critical gaps" in care by keeping out some doctors from foreign countries. Sanford has seven physicians who, if they returned to their home countries, might not be unable to return to their jobs under travel restrictions announced by the administration. The travel ban has not been allowed to take effect because of a federal judge's ruling.
At a time when Blue Cross Blue Shield wants to increase premiums up to 18.3 percent, reports surfaced Wednesday that the health insurer is spending up to $227,500 to send 35 of its employees to the Grand Cayman Islands. The expenditure seems curious in light of the "dire" financial projections Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota made last year, when it once predicted a possible loss of up to $23 million, said North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm. The Westin Casuarina Resort on the Grand Cayman Islands is the location of a reward trip for top sales staff at Blue Cross Blue Shield,